Apple is said to be preparing its Amazon Echo killer — and it sounds like it could be expensive

Apple is preparing its first “home AI product” for a marketing launch as soon as this summer at its annual conference, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said in a note sent to clients on Monday.

Kuo has a strong record of predicting Apple products as well as identifying trends in the Asian manufacturing industry.

The product is said to be a speaker that can connect to the internet. Users can talk to it using Siri, which means it will compete directly with Amazon’s Echo home speaker. Kuo wrote that the speaker will have one woofer, seven tweeters, and computing power similar to the iPhone 6 or 6S. All these premium parts makes Kuo believe the device will be priced higher than the Amazon Echo’s $179 price.

Kuo believes that Inventec, which also assembles AirPods for Apple, will be the contract manufacturer and has been “co-developing home AI products with Apple for over two years.”

From the note:

Shipments forecast. We predict Apple’s first home AI product will see cyclical shipments (around 12-18 months) of over 10-12mn units. Like Amazon Echo, more extended models could be launched going forward (e.g. we think W1 chip is very suitable for products similar to Amazon Echo Dot), so there may be further shipments growth potential.

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Apple is better prepared than Amazon to launch a voice-activated speaker. Kuo points out that Siri supports 18 languages, whereas Amazon Echo can only be used in English. Apple also has a huge installed base of iPhones and Macs, which means it can collect data and continue to improve its user experience.

Ultimately, “the market for home AI products (supporting voice assistance and IoT functions) is growing too rapidly for Apple to ignore,” Kuo writes.

The Information first reported on Apple’s smart home speaker. Bloomberg reported in September that advanced microphone and speaker technology would be a key differentiator from Amazon and Google’s competing products. Kuo wrote that Goertek is likely providing an array microphone for the device.

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Things Samsung Can Do that iPhone Can’t!

Samsung’s latest phone, the Galaxy S8, is packed with a lot of thoughtful features that you won’t find on the iPhone.

While the iPhone still has a slight edge over the Galaxy S8, there are plenty of things that set it apart from its biggest rival.

Here are the most important Galaxy S8 features you won’t get from the iPhone.

1. There’s an iris scanner that can be used to unlock the phone and access secure folders.

1. There's an iris scanner that can be used to unlock the phone and access secure folders.

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Samsung says it’s more secure than a fingerprint sensor. The iPhone only has a fingerprint sensor.

2. More screen. The S8 has a 5.8-inch screen. The S8+ has a 6.2-inch screen.

2. More screen. The S8 has a 5.8-inch screen. The S8+ has a 6.2-inch screen.

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Compare that to the iPhone: The iPhone 7 has a 4.7-inch screen and the iPhone 7 Plus has a 5.5-inch screen.

3. You can charge the Galaxy S8 with a wireless charging pad. There’s also fast charging, which charges the S8 faster than normal.

3. You can charge the Galaxy S8 with a wireless charging pad. There's also fast charging, which charges the S8 faster than normal.

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The iPhone does not have wireless charging. There’s also no fast-charging option.

4. You can plug in standard headphones thanks to the headphone jack.

4. You can plug in standard headphones thanks to the headphone jack.

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Apple famously removed the standard headphone jack on the iPhone 7. You have to use a dongle if you want to plug in your regular wired headphones.

5. Samsung Pay can make payments on standard magnetic credit card readers.

5. Samsung Pay can make payments on standard magnetic credit card readers.

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You don’t need a special NFC pad like you do with Apple Pay.

6. The Galaxy S8 comes with its own virtual reality software, powered by Facebook’s Oculus.

6. The Galaxy S8 comes with its own virtual reality software, powered by Facebook's Oculus.

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The iPhone can work with some VR headsets like Google Cardboard, but it doesn’t natively support VR and content is extremely limited.

7. The S8 has a heart rate sensor on the back.

7. The S8 has a heart rate sensor on the back.

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Get your pulse on the go! You’ll have to buy an Apple Watch or another accessory if you want to measure your pulse using the iPhone.

8. You can attach the Galaxy S8 to a monitor, keyboard, and mouse with a special dock and run a desktop version of the smartphone’s operating system on a normal computer.

8. You can attach the Galaxy S8 to a monitor, keyboard, and mouse with a special dock and run a desktop version of the smartphone's operating system on a normal computer.

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While features like this haven’t been proven, it could appeal to enterprises. You can only mirror your iPhone screen on an external display.

10. Samsung’s Galaxy S8 screen is more power-efficient and produces better colors.

10. Samsung's Galaxy S8 screen is more power-efficient and produces better colors.

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That’s because Samsung uses a screen technology called OLED. The iPhone still uses LCD, which doesn’t look as good as OLED.

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The UK officially has a new best restaurant — and you can eat there from £18

The Clove Club

Shoreditch-based The Clove Club has officially been crowned the UK’s best restaurant.

The Michelin-starred London restaurant came in 26th in the World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards, held in Melbourne on Wednesday, making it the highest-ranked restaurant in the UK.

It knocked The Ledbury off the UK top spot, which slipped from 14 to 27. Dinner by Heston was the only other UK restaurant to make the top 50, coming in at number 36.

The Clove Club offers a British Cuisine themed five-course tasting menu and an extended nine-course menu, as well as an a la carte offering. Menus change daily and are adjusted according to the season.

The five-course menu, which is available Monday to Thursday, will set you back £75 per person, while the nine-courser, available every night from Monday to Saturday, costs £110 a head. Wine pairing is available from £75.

However, a sample a la carte menu offers mains – like Pot Roast Cauliflower, Cinnamon, Bay Leaf & Toasted Bread Sauce – starting from £18, making a meal at The Clove Club more affordable.

The Clove Club started as a supper club from chef and owner Isaac McHale and partners Daniel Willis and Johnny Smith. Due to popular demand, a crowdfunding campaign helped it transition to a permanent restaurant.

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A sample five-course tasting lunch menu includes the likes of Hay Smoked Dorset Char, Cornish Monkfish Cooked in Malted Barley Oil, Celeriac, Radish & Bacon, and Amalfi Lemonade & Kampot Pepper Ice Cream.

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The Clove ClubDishes featured in a sample a la carte menu include Two Little Pancakes of Lincolnshire Chicken & Long Pepper as a starter for £10.50 and Slow Cooked Fallow Pricket, Celeriac, Blackberry & Muscat Grapes as a main for £27.00.

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The Clove ClubWant to make a booking? Evening diners are required to make a pre-payment via Tock, an online ticketing system, while lunch guests can just make a reservation.

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